Ritchie Torres Never Dreamed He'd Be First Black Latino Gay Man Elected To Congress

Written by on November 13, 2020

NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Rising up within the Bronx poor, Afro-Latino and homosexual, Ritchie Torres mentioned he by no means imagined that he would someday be elected to the USA Home of Representatives.

However in just a few weeks, Torres, 32, a Democrat from New York, will change into the primary Afro-Latino brazenly homosexual congressman.

“I by no means thought in my wildest goals that as a poor child from the Bronx, I might change into a United States congressman,” Torres informed Reuters the day earlier than heading to the nation’s capital for Congress’s new member orientation.

Torres makes historical past together with fellow Democrat and New Yorker Mondaire Jones, who would be the first openly-gay African-American congressman.

Torres, who’s each Black and Puerto Rican, grew up with a single mom in New York Metropolis’s public housing. Now he’s headed to Washington, DC.

His aim as congressman will probably be to safe funding for inexpensive housing, he mentioned.

He goals to struggle for passage of the Equality Act, which proponents say is written to make sure that LGBTQ individuals are shielded from discrimination of their every day lives.

“LGBTQ individuals of colour are about to have a seat in one of the crucial highly effective tables,” Torres mentioned. He added, “A smart particular person as soon as mentioned, ‘For those who don’t have a seat on the desk, then you definitely’re most likely on the menu.’”

Voters on Election Day additionally backed Sarah McBride in her race to hitch the Delaware State Senate, making her the highest-ranking brazenly transgender official in the USA.

“We’re witnessing the collapse of politics as an previous boys’ membership, and we’re witnessing the embrace of America as a multiracial, multiethnic, inclusive democracy,” mentioned Torres.

Whereas Torres is keenly conscious that his id is an inspiration to many, he mentioned he’s centered on the job forward.

“I hope to be an inspirational instance of what’s doable in America. However in the long run, I’m going to be judged not by who I’m however by what I accomplish. So my id issues within the quick run, however in the long term, what issues is the document that I construct in Congress.”

(Writing by Barbara Goldberg; enhancing by Diane Craft)

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